Archive for Monday, July 26, 2010

Statehouse Live: Tiahrt, Moran trade shots over endorsement

Guns raised as issue in Senate race

July 26, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Updated July 26, 2010, 5:50 p.m.


— The leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senator on Monday dueled over gun issues.

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt touted his endorsement by the Kansas State Rifle Association, and criticized rival U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran after KSRA President Patricia Stoneking accused Moran’s staff of threatening her. Moran’s campaign denied the allegation.

At a news conference, and standing by Tiahrt, Stoneking said when she told Moran’s campaign manager Todd Novascone that the group was going to endorse Tiahrt, Novascone told her, “When Jerry is elected, you’re going to be sorry.”

Stoneking said she took that as a “political threat.”

Didn’t happen, says the Moran campaign. “Absolutely no one from our campaign threatened her,” said Dan Conston, a spokesman for the Moran campaign. Conston described the allegation as part of “a string of desperate negative attacks.”

The KSRA is an affiliate of the powerful National Rifle Association, which has remained neutral in the race, having given Tiahrt an “A-plus” rating, and Moran an “A.”

Earlier this month, the KSRA said it would also remain neutral because under its charter agreement with the NRA, it cannot make an endorsement contrary to the NRA.

But Stoneking said Monday that the KSRA board decided that didn’t apply if the NRA was neutral in a race.

She said the KSRA board unanimously decided to endorse Tiahrt because of his leadership on gun issues over the years, especially his push for what has become known as the Tiahrt amendment, which restricts the release of information from a federal firearms trace database to only law enforcement in connection with a criminal investigation.

Moran’s campaign defended Morans’ record on gun rights, noting his “A” ranking from the NRA. “Jerry Moran has been an incredibly strong defender of the 2nd Amendment and Kansas gun owners’ rights,” Conston said.

Moran and Tiahrt are running for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican who is running for governor. A third Republican senate candidate is Tom Little. The primary is Aug. 3.


Danimal 7 years, 10 months ago

What a bunch of clowns. Do we have to send one of them to the US Senate? Can we send a golden retriever instead?

Steve Bunch 7 years, 10 months ago

Only if the golden retriever is a gun nut. Oh, but I guess a retriever would be. Never mind.

nobody1793 7 years, 10 months ago

"The leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senator on Monday dueled over gun issues."

They each get one shot at ten paces?!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 10 months ago

No, we do not have to send one of them to the senate. Ever heard of the Democratic Party? I think a lot of people need to take a better look at their candidate. These two losers are no good for Kansas and need to be sent packing for good.

SeaBee 7 years, 10 months ago

Or the sequel, "Dumber and Dumberer".

As frwent sez, we will have another choice come November.

riverdrifter 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, this is a couple of limp wimps. They talk a good game on guns & all the other redneck issues but I seriously wonder if either has successfully hunted, shot and field dressed a deer on their own, no help.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

When either of these nincompoops is elected, we're all going to be sorry.

Todd Novascone wasn't making a threat, it was really more of an observation.

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